Bucks mem­bers just miss cut in Open qual­i­fy­ing

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BUCKS Butt was one of 1,200 golfers play­ing at 13 UK cour­ses this week and aim­ing to se­cure one of the 87 places that were up for grabs in the fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing event, which will take place on Tues­day. Butt shot a one-over 71 to fin­ish tied 17th at the Sandy Lodge club, in Hert­ford­shire. Bea­cons­field GC’s Michael San­ders fin­ished fur­ther down the order, in tied 60th, af­ter his seven-over 77 on the same course. Butt’s Bucks club­mates Rymer Smith and Pa­trick Blunt also took part in Mon­day’s qual­i­fy­ing event, on dif­fer­ent cour­ses, with Smith fin­ish­ing tied 68th af­ter a six-over 78 at the Fril­ford Heath club in Ox­ford­shire and Blunt just one shot short of a play-off for the fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing berth at Burhill, in Waltonon-Thames, as he fin­ished tied 10th af­ter a par-72 fin­ish. Ger­rards Cross GC pair Jack Haines and Lewis Atkin­son were also in ac­tion at Fril­ford Heath, along with 1999 Por­tuguese Open win­ner Van Phillips. While the 45-year-old Phillips fin­ished joint top and qual­i­fied for Tues­day’s con­test, Haines also missed out as his one-over 73 left him one shot short of the mam­moth, ten-man play-off for the fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing berth, even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing tied 18th. Atkin­son’s two-over 74 saw him fin­ish tied 29th in a tight con­test. HARE­WOOD

The ProAm hosted a large field and was won by Alex Lodge from Cal­cot Park with a four-un­der par 65. Billy Hem­stock, from BeaverBrook Golf Club and last year’s win­ner, came sec­ond with a par 69.

Cap­tain’s day had a mas­sive en­try of more than 150 mem­bers on a beau­ti­ful hot day. The morn­ing win­ner was Ryan Rooke, with 38 points, fol­lowed by Bob Clift in sec­ond place with 37. The af­ter­noon win­ner was Matthew McGrory with 39 points, fol­lowed by Nigel Jack­son and Ed McEwen, tied on 37.

Lady cap­tain’s day was won by Tracy Sear­son, Kathy Fraser and Paula Day with 82 points and equal sec­ond, with 81 points, were Gina HEATHERTON

The Chiltern Har­ri­ers-hosted event, at Che­sham Leisure Cen­tre and Che­sham Gram­mar School, saw chil­dren aged eight to 16 com­pete in a ‘taster’ ju­nior triathlon in­volv­ing swim­ming­wim­ming lengths of the leisure cen­treen­tre pool and cycling and run­ning nning around the school fields. elds.

Heather­ton­er­ton House had seven ven girls com­pet­ingng and picked up two podium fin­ishes with a teameam win for Han­na­han­nah Ashby, El­lie llie Shield and nd Holly Graant, and d third pla- - THE

As schools across Eng­land had to com­pete in qual­i­fy­ing rounds to reach the fi­nals, tak­ing part in the gala in South York­shire was a huge achieve­ment.

Malt­man’s Green’s He­len Szostak, Haniya Glaze­brook, Izzy Bach and Zoe Hol­li­gan reached the freestyle and med­ley re­lays.

On a hot and hu­mid day, Malt­man’s Green quickly made up for a slow, ner­vous start with the girls making the B fi­nal of the freestyle re­lay, which they won, and be­gin­ning to swim more like their best. ce for Year 6 pupil Ashby against ath­letes from the year above. “I am so im­pressed with the com­mit­ment the Heatherton girls and their fam­i­lies show,” said Heatherton PE teacher Caro­line Adams. “I run a hugely pop­u­lar triathlon club with my col­league Sandra Bar­den, and these re­sults are tes­ta­ment to the hard work the girls have put in. It was a bril­liantly run event and great ex­pe­ri­ence for all Chiltern ath­letes.”

With the quar­tet on a roll, a few words of en­cour­age­ment saw them hit their best form.

The school’s stronger event was the med­ley re­lay and not only did Malt­man’s Green reach the A fi­nal but they ex­celled them­selves and won bronze.

The school swim­ming co-or­di­na­tor, Ju­dith Foster, said: “It was a fit­ting con­clu­sion to a splen­did sea­son for Malt­man’s.

“Through­out the year ev­ery girl in­volved in swim­ming has never given less than her best in which­ever com­pe­ti­tion we have par­tic­i­pated.

“The Year 6 per­for­mance [at Sh­effield] was the best they pro­duced all year.

“The girls de­served ev­ery suc­cess.”

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